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Harry Potter team set to adapt Stephen King's The Stand

08.11.2011
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As one epic Stephen King adaptation dies, another one is reborn. Just a few weeks after Universal officially announced they were dropping Ron Howard's ambitious DARK TOWER project, HitFix is reporting that Steve Kloves and David Yates, the writer and director of the last four HARRY POTTER movies, are in talks to re-team for an adaptation of THE STAND.

Back in January, Warner Bros. won a tight bidding war to partner with CBS Films on an adaptation. CBS has owned the rights to the property but realized it wasn't going to get a project off the ground without any help. As the POTTER franchise was winding down, it became clear that Yates and Kloves had their eye on something equally as ambitious and began working on a deal to write and direct the film at WB (where they made a healthy chunk of change with the POTTER franchise).

What's perhaps most interesting is that the deal is for Yates and Kloves to team on multiple films. This seems like the best way to film a project like THE STAND yet pre-planned trilogies lately have had some difficulty getting off the ground.

"The Stand" was last adapted back in 1994 for an ABC miniseries directed by Mick Garris. While faithful (and costing an impressive $28 million) the miniseries wasn't much good and could definitely use a reboot.

Source: HitFix

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2:07AM on 08/12/2011

The mini-series was decent BUT

... the four most important key scenes were the worst part of the series. I kept forgetting that until I would watch it again. Then I'd be like "this is great, but that was an important moment and they fucked it up."
Oh - and Rob Lowe was fucking amazing in it.
I would embrace a do-over of THE STAND.
... the four most important key scenes were the worst part of the series. I kept forgetting that until I would watch it again. Then I'd be like "this is great, but that was an important moment and they fucked it up."
Oh - and Rob Lowe was fucking amazing in it.
I would embrace a do-over of THE STAND.
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8:50PM on 08/11/2011
This sounds great! The perfect team for a project that needs done properly after the lackluster Stand tv series.
This sounds great! The perfect team for a project that needs done properly after the lackluster Stand tv series.
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2:19PM on 08/11/2011
I'm not entirely sold on David Yates, but then again maybe Harry Potter isn't a good example of his work because of the target audience with those films. I hope he does a better job portraying Randal Flagg than Voldemort. I never felt the fear and intimidation the characters felt towards Voldemort on film as I did in the novels. Although, I'm for Yates over Howard any day.

Side thought: John Hillcoat would be my choice to direct the Dark Tower. Viggo Mortensen would be a great Roland,
I'm not entirely sold on David Yates, but then again maybe Harry Potter isn't a good example of his work because of the target audience with those films. I hope he does a better job portraying Randal Flagg than Voldemort. I never felt the fear and intimidation the characters felt towards Voldemort on film as I did in the novels. Although, I'm for Yates over Howard any day.

Side thought: John Hillcoat would be my choice to direct the Dark Tower. Viggo Mortensen would be a great Roland, but I would probably cast an unknown and contract them to do the series from beginning to end. We don't want to see several actors playing one guy. I'm actually more worried about how they will portray Jake more than anyone else because of his age, unless they chose a twenty-something actor and Benjamin Button his ass for the duration of the project.
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4:43PM on 08/11/2011
Yates over Ron Howard???

I officially don't care about what you have to say about anything movie-related.
Yates over Ron Howard???

I officially don't care about what you have to say about anything movie-related.
7:01PM on 08/11/2011
Yes, Yates over Ron Howard the revisionist. Yates is a more visually interesting director, plus he directed the entirety of the brilliant State of Play miniseries. Ron Howard has only done the Dilemma, two Dan Brown books, and the admittedly good Frost/Nixon.
Yes, Yates over Ron Howard the revisionist. Yates is a more visually interesting director, plus he directed the entirety of the brilliant State of Play miniseries. Ron Howard has only done the Dilemma, two Dan Brown books, and the admittedly good Frost/Nixon.
10:34PM on 08/11/2011
ccapel, I don't believe Ron Howard is always a bad director, but his adaptations tend to butcher the source material. I love Frost/Nixon, a Beautiful Mind and Apollo 13, but the Dan Brown adaptations... the fucking Grinch?... what the fuck, seriously.
ccapel, I don't believe Ron Howard is always a bad director, but his adaptations tend to butcher the source material. I love Frost/Nixon, a Beautiful Mind and Apollo 13, but the Dan Brown adaptations... the fucking Grinch?... what the fuck, seriously.
9:18AM on 08/11/2011
And then these guys should tackle The Dark Tower Series. Movies...... NO TV series in between each film like Howard was planning. These guys kicked ass with the last few Potter films so I'm sure the will do the source material justice.
And then these guys should tackle The Dark Tower Series. Movies...... NO TV series in between each film like Howard was planning. These guys kicked ass with the last few Potter films so I'm sure the will do the source material justice.
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8:55AM on 08/11/2011
My fav King novel and the mini series was horrible. Im down for this as long as its multiple movies to cover the material properly.
My fav King novel and the mini series was horrible. Im down for this as long as its multiple movies to cover the material properly.
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12:46PM on 08/11/2011
Yes, the mini series was an atrocity.
Yes, the mini series was an atrocity.
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